Sunday, 23 June 2013

Sunday at Staines (23rd June)

Spent an entire morning and part of the early afternoon down at Staines Reservoir.  Not much about but the lift down was much appreciated so I took full advantage of it.  The drake Scaup was nice to see as were 2 Black-necked Grebes (nice sum plum birds) but other than that it was rather quiet.  Unfortunately, I had arrived a little too late to see the larger gulls on the gantry but nice views of a  fly-through Hobby provided a degree of conciliation.  In fact, I spent the remaining 4 hours scanning through the masses of Swifts, in the vein hope of finding something out of the ordinary.  Smaller numbers of House Martins, Swallows and even the odd Sand Martin were hawking over the south basin whilst the north basin only hosted a small Black-headed Gull colony with several juvenile birds.  A couple Common Terns were also hanging around but as far as that, not much else to report so I'll leave it there...

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